Grant helps Age UK Northumberland expand financial advice service

The charity provides a free financial audit service to anyone aged 50 and over as part of its wider work to support older people, their families and carers.

It already reaches around 5,000 people each year, but is now using a £3,000 grant from the Newcastle Building Society to widen access and raise awareness of the guidance and advice its trained advisers and trained volunteers can provide in person , by phone and online.

Funding was provided through the Community Foundation’s Newcastle Building Society Community Fund.

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Stephen Burt of Newcastle Building Society with Amy Whyte of Age UK Northumberland.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary next year, Age UK Northumberland runs a dedicated friendship line for anyone over the age of 60 who feels they would benefit from additional social contact, a bereavement support service and a weekly group on Dementia Live Well currently running in Morpeth and Ashington.

Amy Whyte, Managing Director of Age UK Northumberland, said: “Taking a long-term approach to dealing with financial pressures is the best way forward for everyone, but sometimes we just don’t quite know which way to go. turn to us when problems become apparent.

“That’s when our specialists at Age UK Northumberland can step in and take the pressure off, working with people to complete the application forms, ensure they include the correct information and appeal on their behalf. if necessary.

“Our expert advisors assess each person’s individual situation and take a caring, thoughtful approach to identifying the best way to help them.

“There has perhaps never been more pressure on older people’s finances than there is today and we encourage people to get in touch and let us work with them to make sure they get it all. what they are entitled to.”

Stephen Burt, director of the Newcastle Building Society’s Station Road branch in Ashington, added: “Age UK Northumberland’s approach reflects our own aim to connect communities to a better financial future, and the work of the organization charity is clearly making a tangible difference in the lives of thousands of people. the people of our central region.